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Washington D.C. was founded on July 16, 1790 based on a plan by world renowned architect and urban planner Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The site for the new capital city was picked by its namesake, the first president of the United States, George Washington. The 68.3 square miles that compose Washington D.C. were carved out of Maryland and Virginia, creating a one-of-a-kind federal district. The district is ultimately governed by Congress, but much of the day-to-day administrative and routine work is left to an elected mayor and a small municipal government.
All three branches of the U.S. Federal Government are based out of locations in Washington D.C. as well as most federal agencies. Washington D.C. also serves as the headquarters for countless international and national institutions including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States.
Washington contains many national landmarks and other points of interest, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations within the United States. The National Mall, at the center of Washington, is perhaps the biggest draw. This open area connects the White House and the United States Capitol with numerous monuments in between, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the National World War II Memorial and the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorials. Other major points of interest in Washington D.C. include the world famous Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo. The Library of Congress and the National Archives should not be missed, as together they house thousands of documents which detail America’s history—most notably the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.